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2014 has been a great reading year for me. No, I haven't always read as many books as I've wanted to, but there haven't been many of those books that I haven't loved. This list was a breeze for me because I've read tons of new-to-me authors this year!
10. Jodi Lynn Anderson: Tiger Lily was just one of the many books that gave me all the feels this year. I don't know if I'll ever read any other books by Jodi Lynn Anderson, but Tiger Lily will always have a special place in my heart.
9. Elizabeth Wein: I FINALLY picked up Code Name Verity this summer, and was definitely not disappointed. I'm usually not a historical fiction person, but I make an exception for this book. It has the high honor of being a book-that-made-me-cry. And I have high hopes for the companion, Rose Under Fire.
8. E. Lockhart: I'll admit that I went into We Were Liars mostly because of the hype. And a little bit because of the cover. (Let's admit; that thing is gorgeous.) But it caught me by surprise with its beautiful prose and unbelievable story. I still think about that ending every once in a while.
7. Patrick Ness: A Monster Calls is another cry-book for me. And that's usually a sign that a book is going to stay with me for a long time. I can't wait to read more Patrick Ness in the future.
6. Courtney Summers: I love zombies. It was Halloween. This is Not a Test was the perfect choice to read. I had an inkling of what I was going into, but I was not prepared for how much I would love it. Zombie contemporary novel. Right up my alley.
5. Erin Bowman: I'm a die-hard follower of Pub(lishing) Crawl, and I've discovered some amazing authors that way. (Leigh Bardugo, Sarah J. Maas, Susan Dennard...just to name a few.) Which is how I discovered the Taken series, and boy did I fall in love with it. I am ANXIOUSLY awaiting the final book in the trilogy, Forged!
4. Michelle Hodkin: I read the entire Mara Dyer trilogy last month and just flew through all three books in about a week. I was hooked. I adore this series and all of its amazing characters. I am SO interested to see what Michelle does next!
3. Marissa Meyer: This is a very recent addition to this list, coming in just under the wire. I read Cinder and Scarlet in the first week of December and just absolutely loved them. I'm a sucker for fairytale retellings, and the sci-fi aspect has me REALLY engaged. I'm currently reading a standalone, but as soon as I'm done, I'll be jumping headfirst into Cress!
2. Rainbow Rowell: In the past, I haven't been a huge contemporary person. Once I got past the Gossip Girl and A-List phase, I jumped into fantasy. But this year, I've been getting back into more contemporary, and that's partly due to Rainbow Rowell. Eleanor & Park was my first in January, then Fangirl in the spring, and then Landline this summer. And I've loved the all. Now I just need to get my hands on Attachments! Because Rainbow is definitely going to be an auto-buy author for me.
1. Marie Lu: Couldn't you see this coming? I have been raving about how much I love Marie's Legend trilogy for months. I marathoned the series earlier this year and just fell head over heels for it. The characters, the writing, the plot...everything was perfect for me. And the third book, Champion, made me cry. So, love. I've also read The Young Elites, the first in her new fantasy series, and I can't wait to see where it goes!
Tell me: who are YOUR favorite new-to-you authors of the year? Let me know in the comments below!